Maureen Lines

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Maureen P. Lines
Born23 October 1937
Died17 March 2017
Occupation(s)Social worker

Maureen Patricia Lines (23 October 1937 – 17 March 2017), locally known as Bibi Dow of Kalash, was a British author, photographer, social worker and environmentalist who was known for her work on the Kalasha people.[2][3][4][5]


Maureen Lines first visited Pakistan in 1980 and from then on spent her whole life in the preservation and promotion of Kalasha culture for which she was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz in 2008.[4][1] She was co-founder of the Hindu Kush Conservation Association with Nicholas Barrington, the then British High Commissioner to Pakistan.[6][7] She died in Peshawar at the age of 79 and was buried in the British cemetery.[1][8][4]


She wrote the following books:[1]

  • Beyond the North-West Frontier: Travels in the Hindu Kush and Karakorams
  • Journey through Jalalabad
  • The Kalasha people of North-Western Pakistan
  • The Last Eden


  1. ^ a b c d "Conservationist and aid worker Maureen Lines passes away - The Express Tribune". 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS - World - South Asia - After nearly 20 years - she's Pakistani".
  3. ^ "Bibi Dow of Kalash forced to leave home - The Express Tribune". 15 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Jan, Ali (19 March 2017). "Celebrated Kalasha activist Maureen Lines passes away".
  5. ^ "Maureen 'Bibi Dow' Lines Dies at 79". 19 March 2017.
  6. ^ "British author, social worker Maureen Lines dies in Peshawar".
  7. ^ "About Maureen Lines - Hindu Kush Conservation Association".
  8. ^ "Renowned social worker Ms Maurine passes away - Chitral News". 18 March 2017.